Yemeni court sentences 10 Shi'ite rebels to death

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October 20, 2009 17:25

A Yemeni court convicted 15 Shi'ite rebels of taking up arms against the army Tuesday and sentenced 10 of them to death and the others to 15 years in jail. Yemen's government is embroiled in a five-year conflict with Shiite rebels in the country's north. The rebels, led by Abdel-Malek al-Hawthi, complain their needs are ignored by the government and that the state is increasingly allying with hard-line Sunni fundamentalists, some of whom consider Shi'ites as heretics. The 13 of the men facing trial refused to accept legal counsel and told the judge they would not appeal the verdicts since they are prisoners of war and consider the proceedings illegal. Lawyers of the remaining two said they would appeal.

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